Vincent is passionate about classical music and enjoys sharing this love through teaching, music making and performing. He continues to be inspired by listening to and learning about classical music and loves to be challenged to learn new repertoire on the piano. Whilst an undergraduate, he was a finalist in ABC Young Performers Concerto Competition and after completing his music degree, he spent several years immersing himself in jazz music and lessons and became known for his ability to transcribe complicated jazz improvisations. If asked to choose an era of music that he could not live without, it would be the 19th-20th century with greats such as Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Liszt & Ravel. He loves operas and orchestral works and takes particular delight in performing Art Song with his life and musical partner, Samantha Cobcroft.
Wendy has been a passionate music educator since completion of her undergraduate degree in music education in the mid 1980's (NSW State Conservatorium of Music). As well as running a successful piano teaching studio, Wendy taught in several primary and secondary schools in western Sydney as a music and creative arts specialist. Through these roles, she was inspired to return to postgraduate study in 2007 in order to study the place of creative arts in the 21st century curriculum through a research Master’s Degree at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Upon its completion in 2010, Wendy began her doctoral studies, and won an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship to aid in her investigation of music and screen media in the lives of young children. She was awarded a PhD from the University of Sydney in 2015. Between 2011 and 2017, Wendy worked as a lecturer in music education and primary education at Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Western Sydney University respectively. She maintains a keen interest in teacher education, and continues to mentor trainee teachers undertaking practicum placements.
Katrina grew up in the Hunter Valley, studying violin and piano with the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music (UHCM), before moving to Newcastle to complete her Bachelor of Music (Hons) on Violin, graduating in 2012. Katrina has been teaching with the UHCM since 2011, and regularly performs with the UHCM Orchestra, Orchestra Nova, and as part of a quartet at weddings and functions around the Hunter Valley.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Queensland in 1986 with a Bachelor of Music, majoring in violin performance and studio teaching under the tuition of Tor Fromyhr and Elizabeth Morgan. She then continued her studies with Jan Sedivka at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, receiving a Graduate Diploma in 1989. In 1994, Jennifer moved to Deniliquin in South West NSW to take up a position as Music Director for South West Music, a community music program serving a wide geographical area. Since 1999 Jennifer has resided in Muswellbrook, teaching violin, viola, piano and theory with the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music and developing the Upper Hunter Conservatorium Orchestra and String ensembles.
Walking down the corridors of the Conservatorium, you will probably hear Nate before you see him as his melodic dulcet tones can be heard bouncing from wall to wall. Often visually mistaken for a drummer or guitarist, Nate is well-versed in the serene art of opera and classical singing and this influences his teaching, which emphasises the importance of good vocal health and strong technique across all genres. Nate also has a passion for musical theatre, gospel and most contemporary styles of singing.
There is an old saying that “those that can’t do, teach”, but with Nate that is not the case as he is no stranger to the stage and has performed in countless musicals with both Singleton and Muswellbrook Amateur Theatrical Societies. He has also achieved success in many singing Eisteddfods across the Hunter. Nate performs regularly at the Conservatorium’s Lunchtime concerts and specialist events. Nate has performed with Opera Hunter and The City of Newcastle Cultural Council, as well as freelance solo and collaborative recitals and concerts.
Nate’s philosophy is that everyone, no matter the level of skill or natural ability, can be taught to sing through hard work, determination and most of all fun.
Although singing is Nate’s primary instrument, he also teaches piano and musicianship
Tristan was born and raised in Cessnock. It wasn’t until midway through his high school education at Cessnock High School that he decided to play the guitar. Under the guidance of his school music teacher, Deborah Falconer, and his guitar tutor, Robert Smith, Tristan developed a deep love for all forms of music. After graduating from Cessnock High School, he embarked on a music degree at the Newcastle Conservatorium. There he studied the guitar under Gareth Koch and Terry Latham, and also composition under Colin Spiers. He was also highly influenced by the late David Jones and Greg Smith, and with the guidance of all he graduated in 2005. Since then he has been teaching guitar full time.
Gillian Miles is an experienced piano and Cello teacher who has been teaching in the Upper Hunter region for about 30 years. As a teacher Gillian has worked with a large number of students, sharing her passion and enjoyment of music. During this time her students have received excellent results, with several receiving the AMusA diploma from the AMEB. Since 2000 Gillian has been the main driving force behind the annual Upper Hunter Shire and Kia Ora Youth Music Camp; a camp designed for all students within the Upper Hunter Shire to have access to and learn to appreciate music and the performing arts, and to give promising students opportunities beyond the Shire borders. Gillian's qualifications include 8th Grade AMEB Piano, 7th Grade AMEB Musicianship, Suzuki Level 6 and she has an accreditation in Early Childhood Music. Gillian enjoys playing Cello in the UHCM Orchestra, as part of the Rouchel Brook Quartet and other Chamber music combinations.